The new Joyce K Carver Memorial Library expansion in Soldotna was large enough to accommodate the huge community turnout for the official ribbon cutting and dedication celebration January 18th. “It was really nice to have so many folks turn out for the dedication today,” said Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson, “This has been an ongoing project and dream of so many that began way back when Joyce Carver and friends started the first library in Soldotna and recently the efforts of former Mayor Peter Micciche to carry this expansion forward and of course the work of our wonderful new librarian Rachel Nash who is doing a great job,” said Anderson. Senator Micciche was on hand for the celebration with his growing family and commented, “Today I’m reliving the joys of being the Soldotna mayor. This is an incredible facility and was a project that was hugely supported by the community. The ballot proposition was wildly successful and today we’re enjoying the fruits of everyone’s efforts. This is a beautiful library and will serve the community for many years to come,” said Micciche.
It was a happy and historic day for the many generations and cultures that turned out for the official dedication. Librarian Rachel Nash welcomed everyone and was impressed at the turnout, “It’s just an amazing experience to be here and a great day. This is the community’s library and I’m happy to just be a part of it,” she said in an interview with the Dispatch, “Today is just the beginning of a lot of activities we have coming up which will be a week long celebration that will showcase a variety of new programs many of which will continue on a weekly basis. Toddler story time will be every Tuesday at 10:30am and the Bouncy Baby story time every Wednesday at 10:30am in the community room,” added Nash.
Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation president was also on hand for the dedication and proud of her organizations support to the library, “There were certainly a lot of smiles here today and we are happy to help those smiles continue into the future with the dollar for dollar Rasmuson Foundation matching grant to the Friends of the Library where you can double your contribution,” said Kaplan who encouraged kids to take a dollar from their piggy banks and double it by investing in the Friends of the Library. Kaplan then took out her personal check book and made a personal contribution.